Groupthink of the week: Team Lunch

Situation: team lunch with the boss. The boss keeps complaining that the prices of the menu items went up by a lot, repeating the same thing again and again for about 20 mins and telling the waiter that soon they will close down as no one will be willing to pay so much. He then proceeds to order the cheapest dish on the menu – chicken something. All three other colleagues in their turn order chicken as well, repeating the boss’ complaints and making angry faces. My turn comes as well, and I really want to ask for the steak, not caring to pay the extra five bucks. Then, I stop for a moment, remember that sometimes it’s better think a bit more long term and maintain my relationships. Suppressing my rebel tendencies, I then order the chicken as well.

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